Canada: Motorcyclists Sue Quebec Insurance Board: $100 Million
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Author: Mike Werner
That is the way to go! The Motorcyclist Movement of Quebec is taking the Quebec's Automobile Insurance Board, SAAQ, to court, and is looking for a cool $100 million in damages.
According to the motorcycle group, representing some 8,000 bikers, the insurance premiums are unfair and discriminate against motorcycle owners. Since 2008, license plate registration fees have increased by 400%.
As is the way with the rest of the world, the vast majority of accident involving a motorcycle will see the car at fault. So why do bikers need to pay extra high premiums, if the car owners are the ones causing the accidents?
Another point I don't get, Canada is patting itself on the back for having great, and more importantly, free healthcare. So why do bikers need to pay high premiums, if a) accidents are usually cause by cars and b) medical bills are paid for by tax payers. According to the SAAQ, bikers paid $35 million in premiums in 2006, but costing the SAAQ $144 million in coverage. The coverage was mostly to compensate victims involved in the motorcycle accidents:- accidents caused by cars!
It stands to reason that car premiums should increase, not those of the bikers.
The law suit was inaugurated by a massive motorcycle protest ride. Below is a short video of the start of the protest ride;
Let us hope that the lawsuit brings sense (not cents) to the insurers.
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